Fullback Tony Fiammetta has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Redskins with an unknown illness.
This is a blow to the Cowboys running game considering how important Fiammetta has been to the success of rookie running back DeMarco Murray.
Many of Murray’s record-setting yards the past four games have come with Fiammetta leading the way from the fullback position.
The Cowboys will likely use backup tight end John Phillips at fullback at times against the Redskins. They are also considering signing fullback Shaun Chapas from the practice squad.
Jim Cowsert/AP – DeMarco Murray, a third-round draft pick out of Oklahoma, has waisted little time entrenching himself as the Cowboys’ featured running back. Murray set a franchise record with 253 yards on Oct. 23 in a 34-7 win over the Rams.
Very little has gone predictably for the Dallas Cowboys this season. But they will come to town for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field with their hopes suddenly buoyed for a stretch run to a playoff spot.
The Cowboys are on a two-game winning streak and are coming off a solid performance that produced their most lopsided triumph in 11 years. Quarterback Tony Romo has pronounced the fractured rib he suffered earlier this season fully healed. Rookie tailback DeMarco Murray and unheralded wide receiver Laurent Robinson have become major contributors to a new-look offense.
DALLAS — No Cowboy has had a quicker rise to prominence this year than DeMarco Murray.
The rookie running back received the loudest ovation after Pro Bowlers Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware as the players handed out early Thanksgiving Day meals at The Salvation Army’s Carr P. Collins Social Services Center in Dallas on Tuesday.
That’s what rushing for 601 yards in the last four games will do for a runner.
“I’m just happy to be here and see all the people are happy,” Murray said. “There’s nothing like giving back.”
Murray, Ware and Witten were part of a dozen players to attend Tuesday’s function. They were joined by Jesse Holley, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Robert Callaway, Orlando Scandrick, Derrick Dockery, Phillip Tanner, Mat McBriar, Felix Jones and Jason Hatcher. Gene Jones and Charlotte Anderson, as well as a number of players’ wives and girlfriends, including Jason Garrett’s wife, Brill, were also in attendance.
Players and wives dished out meals to roughly 200 men and women for more than an hour as part of the team’s early holiday tradition.
“This is a special thing to come out to, putting smiles on these peoples’ faces,” Hatcher said. “I’m just a small fish in a big pond when it comes to DeMarcus Ware and Jason Witten but the effect I have on these lives puts joy in my heart. I’m glad I’m out here. I should’ve been doing it five years ago … I won’t miss another year. As long as I’m part of the Cowboys I will be here. This is a special day.”
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It started with the spectacular and ended with six catches on six targets. Check out the Diamond Dez Bryant throw-by-throw:
34-YARD TOUCHDOWN: On first-and-10 from the Buffalo 34, Bryant lines up wide left and runs a stutter-go against Leodis McKelvin, who was playing off coverage. McKelvin is in position to pick off a slightly underthrown pass, but Bryant makes the former first-round pick look like a little kid, soaring over the cornerback to make a spectacular leaping catch. “He will win ties,” Jerry Jones said. “He does do that. That’s what he’s always done. He’ll win those. We’ve got to feel good about it.”
13-YARD GAIN: On first-and-10 from the Buffalo 23, Bryant lines up wide left and runs a stop route against Terrence McGee, who was playing off coverage. After pivoting, Bryant cleanly catches a pass delivered a couple of steps toward the sideline. He doesn’t gain any yardage after the catch.
4-YARD GAIN: On first-and-10 from the Buffalo 40, Bryant lines up wide right and runs a drag route. Romo has to double-pump because of a defensive lineman leaping to block the original window for the throw. That allows cornerback Drayton Florence to close quickly and make the tackle before Bryant can turn upfield.
NO GAIN: On first-and-10 from the Buffalo 22, Bryant lines up wide right and motions toward the backfield, reversing direction at the snap. Romo throws a swing pass to Bryant, who can’t make McGee miss in the open field. This play worked well with Kevin Ogletree earlier in the season, but the Bills McGee wasn’t fooled.
11-YARD GAIN: On third-and-6 from the Buffalo 18, Bryant lines up wide right and runs a slant against McKelvin, who was playing press coverage. McKelvin, who doesn’t jam, appears to anticipate the fade route and bites badly when Bryant releases to the outside. McKelvin gets completely turned around when Bryant plants hard with his right foot and makes his break. McKelvin and safety Jairus Byrd make the tackle immediately after the catch.
12-YARD GAIN: On second-and-8 from the Dallas 36, Bryant lines up wide left and runs a deep in cut. Florence plays press coverage at the line of scrimmage, but Bryant gets a clean release inside and is wide open when he catches the ball at the Buffalo 48. He loses four yards while trying to avoid linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (AP) Forrest Gregg, who earned the nickname “Iron Man” for playing in a then-record 188 consecutive NFL games during his Hall of Fame career, tells The Associated Press he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Although the cause of the debilitating neurological disorder is unknown, Gregg, his family and his neurologist say his disease may be related to numerous concussions he suffered during his playing career in the 1950s at SMU and from 1956-71 with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.
Gregg’s symptoms include hand tremors, a stooped posture, shortened stride and softened voice.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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1971 DALLAS COWBOYS
|Row 1 – 10 Ron Widby, P 12 Roger Staubach, QB 14 Craig Morton, QB 15 Toni Fritsch, K 20 Mel Renfro, DB 22 Bob Hayes, E 23 Margene Adkins, WR 26 Herb Adderley, CB 30 Dan Reeves, HB 31 Gloster Richardson, WR
Row 2 – 33 Duane Thomas, RB 34 Cornell Green, DB 35 Calvin Hill, RB 36 Joe Williams, RB 37 Isaac Thomas, CB 41 Charlie Waters, S 42 Claxton Welch, RB 43 Cliff Harris, S 46 Mark Washington, CB
Row 3 – 50 D. D. Lewis, LB 51 Dave Manders, C 52 Dave Edwards, LB 54 Chuck Howley, LB 55 Lee Roy Jordan, LB 56 Tom Stincic, LB 60 Lee Roy Caffey, LB 61 Blaine Nye, G 62 John Fitzgerald, C
Row 4 – 63 Larry Cole, DL 64 Tony Liscio, T 66 George Andrie, DE 67 Pat Toomay, DE 70 Rayfield Wright, E 71 Rodney Wallace, G/T 72 Don Talbert, DE/OT 74 Bob Lilly, DT 75 Jethro Pugh, DE
Row 5 – 76 John Niland, G 77 Bill Gregory, DL 78 Bob Asher, T 79 Forrest Gregg, G/T 85 Tody Smith, DL 87 Billy Truax, TE 89 Mike Ditka, TE
Row 6 – Don Cochren, Trainer Jack Eskridge, Equip. Manager Ray Renfro, Coach Jim Myers, Coach Tom Landry, Head Coach Ernie Stautner, Coach Jerry Tubbs, Coach Bobby Franklin, Coach Larry Gardner, Trainer
The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins rivalry is one of the National Football League’s marquee matchups. Twice a year, America’s Team faces off with the ‘skins. Sports Illustrated has called it the top NFL rivalry of all-time and “one of the greatest in sports.” During the tenure of this rivalry, the two franchises have won 27 combined division titles and eight combined Super Bowls. They are the two wealthiest franchises in the NFL. The rivalry started in 1960 when the Cowboys joined the league as an expansion team. During that year they were in separate conferences, but played once during the season. In 1961, Dallas was placed in the same division as the Redskins, and from that point on, they have played each other twice during every regular season.
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IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys will take precautions to prevent Tashard Choice from providing intelligence to the Redskins defense.
They definitely don’t want to hear Choice boasting on the local radio airwaves next week about how he relayed all the Cowboys’ line-of-scrimmage calls to the Washington defense. A similar scenario unfolded in Philadelphia this week, as injured quarterback Kevin Kolb deemed it “funny” how he was able to help the Cardinals’ defense shut down the team that traded him.
The Cowboys are well aware that Choice, who was claimed by the Redskins after the Cowboys cut him last month, has intimate knowledge of Dallas’ offense. They are confident that can keep Choice from using that knowledge against them.
“You always have to be mindful of that whenever you have a player going from your team to the other team,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “Tashard is certainly a smart guy, and we like to think that we do a good job disguising some of our calls.
“I don’t think we undo our offense just because of that transaction. I think we have to deal with it. It certainly has to be something we look at throughout the ballgame.”